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B-CU Names Dr. Castell Bryant to University Cabinet Position

Dr. Castell Bryant

Today, Bethune-Cookman University President Trudie Kibbe Reed announced that Dr. Castell V. Bryant has been appointed interim vice president of academic affairs for the university, effective December 1. 

Dr. Bryant brings more than 20 years of expertise in higher education to B-CU, including experience as campus president for several campuses of Miami-Dade College and as interim president of Florida A&M University (FAMU).  She is a former member of the FAMU Board of Trustees and the Florida Board of Governors, a panel charged with governing Florida’s university system.  Dr. Bryant received her undergraduate degrees from Florida A&M University and her doctorate in education from Nova Southeastern University.

“Dr. Bryant is an experienced administrator whose commitment to excellence in higher education is unparalleled,” commented President Trudie Kibbe Reed.  “She will be able to hit the ground running as we prepare for a series of important accreditation visits.  On behalf of the entire B-CU family, I want to welcome her to our campus.”

“I am honored to be joining the administration of Bethune-Cookman University,” noted Dr. Bryant.  “This institution has such a rich legacy of academic excellence and community service.  I look forward to working with Dr. Reed and the dedicated team of B-CU faculty and staff to ensure that the tradition continues for generations to come.” 

President Reed also noted that Dr. Bryant played an important role making the Florida Classic a financial success for both B-CU and FAMU.  Working together when Dr. Bryant was interim president of FAMU, she and Dr. Reed collaborated on a variety of fiscal accountability and budget measures.  Last year, B-CU and FAMU each received $1.6 million from the annual football game and its related events.  Prior to 2005, each institution was averaging less than $500,000 annually.

During her high school years in Jasper, Florida, Dr. Bryant was fortunate enough to have a teacher who was a graduate of Bethune-Cookman College.  Field trips to the Bethune-Cookman campus were always on this teacher’s agenda, and part of this wonderful experience was the opportunity to personally meet with Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune.  “It is an honor and privilege to work with someone who has personally been in the presence of and dialogued with our illustrious founder.  Dr. Bryant’s leadership will help to further sustain and energize our founder’s legacy of faith, scholarship, and service,” noted President Reed.

Dr. Marilyn Sutton-Haywood recently resigned from the position of vice president of academic affairs for health reasons.

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Liz Poston
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About Bethune Cookman University:

Founded in 1904 by Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune, Bethune-Cookman University (B-CU) today sustains her legacy of faith, scholarship and service through its relationship with the United Methodist Church and its commitment to academic excellence and civic engagement.  B-CU offers 38 degrees on its main campus and online college. Located in Daytona Beach, B-CU is one of three private, historically black colleges in the state of Florida. The institution boasts a diverse and international faculty and student body of nearly 4,000.  For more information, visit

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